1. Do I have to wait until I'm an upperclassmen to participate in UROP?  No. First and second year students are certainly able to participate in UROP. It is important to note however, that some UROP projects might require experience. Also, some project sponsors may require that you complete certain courses prior to working on their projects.
  2. Can I work on a UROP project outside of my major? Yes. While most students choose to do research within their major, you can work on research projects in the any area you choose.
  3. How will I be compensated for being in UROP? Students participating in UROP can receive a stipend, use work study funding (if eligible), or earn service hours.
  4. How much can I earn from a UROP project? UROP allows a student to earn a maximum of $500 per semester, with a maximum of no more than $1500 during the academic year. Hourly wages generally range between $8.50 - $15.00/hr
  5. I have additional funding from work study and/or a grant. Can I still earn UROP funding? Yes. If you have work study funding or a faculty researcher is paying you through a grant, you can still earn UROP funding. 
  6. If I run out of UROP funding, can I still work on the project? Yes. Please note that you will not receive pay for any time you work on the project once your award has been used. But you are certainly welcome to earn service hours through the University Outreach's Commitment to Service program.
  7. How many hours can I work a week? Generally speaking, UROP students commit between 1-5 hours a week. The number of hours students work is typically determined by various factors including class schedules, faculty needs, etc.
  8. How do I record my time? Paid students (regardless of compensation method) are required to submit bi-weekly timesheets to UROP on specific due dates (which will be communicated to you). Before submission, the timesheets must be signed by the faculty sponsor or an authorized signer. As an alternative to submitting physical timesheets, you can email your faculty sponsor the hours you worked (CC'ing Andre Louis at alouis@umflint.edu), and that sponsor may indicate their approval to UROP via email.
  9. How many projects can I work on at once?  UROP only grants students one stipend per semester. Though students are allowed to split that up between multiple projects (or split up their work-study, if it has been awarded to them), this is not a practice we encourage. We believe as much as possible, students commit themselves to one project at a time.
  10. What if I don't like my project? Talk to your faculty sponsor about why you aren’t enjoying the project. Discuss ways to make the project more interesting for you. If you are not comfortable talking to your faculty sponsor, contact Andre Louis, Program Coordinator, at alouis@umflint.edu. If the issue cannot be resolved, we can arrange to have you removed from the project and moved onto one that better suits your interests.
  11. I can't find my project on the umjobs.org site. The posting on the umjobs.org site is the general application that all students must complete. You indicate which specific project you're working on by submitting a UROP Contract.
  12. How can I keep working on the project? Click here for information on how to extend an active UROP project.